Ingredients

  • 1 loaf Italian bread, such as ciabatta, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 x 400g tins cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 80 ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 4 tsp extra-virgin olive oil to drizzle
  • 6 slices prosciutto
  • 125 g parmesan cheese, broken into chunks

For the salsa verde:

  • 2 large handfuls of flat-leaf parsley, finely shredded
  • 1 small handful of mint leaves, finely shredded
  • 1 brown shallot, finely diced
  • 90 ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 60 ml lemon juice
  • 6 good-quality anchovy fillets in oil, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp capers, rinsed, dried and chopped

Method

  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6. Place the bread slices on two baking trays, drizzle with olive oil and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer to a serving platter and leave to cool.

  2. 2

    For the white beans, put the 2 tbsp olive oil, garlic and lemon zest in a saucepan and place over a low heat. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until the garlic is softened but not coloured. Add the beans, stock, a pinch of salt and plenty of black pepper. Warm through for 3-4 minutes, tossing in the flavoured oil until hot. Remove from the heat and lightly mash to roughly crush the beans (the bean mash will thicken as it cools). Tip into a serving bowl and leave to cool. Drizzle over extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle generously with black pepper.

  3. 3

    For the salsa verde, stir all the ingredients together in a bowl to combine and season with pepper only, to taste. The texture should be quite coarse. Transfer to a serving bowl.

  4. 4

    When ready to serve, place the bread, white beans, prosciutto, parmesan and salsa verde on a platter on the table for everyone to assemble their own crostini.

This recipe is taken from Easy by Bill Granger (HarperCollins, £20)

Nutritional Details

Each serving provides
  • Energy 2939kj 702kcal 35%
  • Fat 42.9g 61%
  • Saturates 11.4g 57%
  • Sugars 2.8g 3%
  • Salt 2.6g 43%

% of the Reference Intakes

Typical values per 100g: Energy 959kj/229kcal

Each serving provides

46.4g carbohydrate 3.5g fibre 30.7g protein

 
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